Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Pentax K-5 II vs Sony NEX-7n

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
104 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-5

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 109 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 600 ms vs 1200 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 104 ms vs 223 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,162 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The K-5 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.1 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 130x96x72 mm
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3.7x smaller
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Weight Significantly lighter 350 g vs 740 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $799.97 vs $927.99
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The best price we've seen is $128 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-5:82.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              K-5:920k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-5:APS-C 23.6x15.7mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-5:14.1 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              K-5:23.7 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              K-5:16.1 MP
              NEX-7:24 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-5:12,800 ISO
              NEX-7:16,000 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-5:Pentaprism
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              K-5:$927.99
              NEX-7:$799.97
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $1,050 body only

              $920 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $920 - $1,751 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $433 - $440 body only

              $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Lighter
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,206 - $1,297 body only

              $1,525 - $1,647 with 18-135mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $789 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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